Board of Directors

‘Umi Kai, Ke Kaupoku (President)

Gordon Umialiloalahanauokalakaua King Kai has worked in the visitor industry for over 40 years and is currently the Sales and Marketing Manager of Avis and Budget Car Rentals in Hawai‘i. In high school, he learned to craft Hawaiian items out of curiosity and need, eventually becoming a renowned Hawaiian implement maker. He fashions implements for fishing, kapa making, poi pounding, hula, and farming, and he is best known for his traditional weaponry. Mr. Kai shares his knowledge and experiences with people locally and internationally, and he makes presentations regularly at schools, hotels, and organizations.

Billy Richards, Ke Kauhuhu (Vice President)

Billy Kahalepuna Richards has held management positions in both the public and private sector, primarily in the field of aquaculture. He currently serves as the Director of Communications for Partners in Development Foundation, a public non-profit company that serves the Native Hawaiian community through social, environmental, and educational programs. Mr. Richards has been involved with Hawai‘i’s voyaging community since 1975 and has sailed aboard the voyaging canoes Hōkūle‘a, Hawai‘iloa, Makali‘i, and Hōkūalaka‘i. He presently sits as President of the Friends of Hōkūle‘a & Hawai‘iloa and Co-chair of the voyaging community collaborative ‘Ohana Wa‘a.

Norman Ho, Ka Hulu o ka Manu (Secretary)

Norman F. Ho currently works for Mutual Underwriters and has held successively more prominent positions in the insurance industry for over 50 years. This extensive insurance experience, along with his other work and memberships, makes him an invaluable asset to ‘Aha Kāne. A long-time member of Hawai‘i’s voyaging community, Mr. Ho has paddled for Outrigger Canoe Club since 1981. He serves as Secretary of the Friends of Hōkūle‘a & Hawai‘iloa and is a member of the Polynesian Voyaging Society. He is also part of the Honolulu Masonic Lodge’s Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Valley of Honolulu 32, KCCH.

Denise Kekuna, Ke Kua‘aha (Treasurer)

Denise Kapiko‘okalani Kekuna has worked in the private sector for over 30 years. She currently serves as the Referral Coordinator for Pacific Islands Medical Services with Hawai‘i Pacific Health. Through her work, she supports the health and well-being of many native Pacific Islanders. She also offers management and bookkeeping services through her company DKK Management. In the Native Hawaiian community, Ms. Kekuna is Treasurer of the Friends of Hōkūle‘a & Hawai‘iloa and a member and Committee Chair of the Prince Kūhiō Hawaiian Civic Club.

Dennis Kauahi, Ka ‘Īpuka (Sergeant-at-Arms)

Over the course of 42 years, Dennis Kauahi has been committed to serving keiki and ‘ōpio at the Queen Lili‘uokalani Children's Center as a social worker, supervisor, and assistant director. He promotes culturally based social work and is contributing to the development of Nānā I Ke Kumu III. With knowledge and training passed down from his kūpuna, he is seasoned in conducting activities that promote bonding and trust amongst kāne. Mr. Kauahi is also a member of the Child Welfare League of the America National Western Region Steering Committee and a Papa Ola Lōkahi Native Hawaiian Health Award winner.

Dr. Kamana‘opono Crabbe, Paepae Pōhaku (Advisory Board Chair)

Dr. Kamana‘opono M. Crabbe founded ‘Aha Kāne in 2006 and is currently Ka Pouhana (Chief Executive Officer) of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. In this influential position, he strives to reestablish and rebuild the mana of kānaka maoli. As a licensed Clinical Psychologist, he supports improving the health and well-being of Native Hawaiians and has contributed significantly to Native Hawaiian Health research. Dr. Crabbe is also trained in ho‘oponopono, oli, and lua. His community involvement includes serving as a Po‘o for Hale Mua o Kuali‘i.